Industry vets Mike Marcus, Andy Gruenberg and Craig Baumgarten have teamed to form MAC Releasing, a distribution shingle that will bow May 3 with a 225-screen release of the Robert Duvall starrer “A Shot at Glory.”
Directed by Michael Corrente and produced by Duvall, “Glory” is the story of a second-tier Scottish soccer team whose manager, under pressure from his American owner, is forced to bring on a marquee player to lift the team’s fortunes.
Financed by City National Bank, MAC plans to distribute 10-12 features a year. Company also has long-term output deals with Showtime and Lions Gate Home Entertainment.
While Gruenberg will handle MAC business day to day, Marcus and Baumgarten will divide their time between MAC and their own management-production outfits.
Marcus is the founder of Cornice Entertainment, while Baumgarten is a partner in Baumgarten-Merims. Former Polygram president Andrew Fogelson also serves as a consultant to MAC.
Making splash in Toronto
MAC plans to launch its presence on the festival circuit with the Toronto Intl. Film Festival in September.
Gruenberg most recently served as president of distribution for Miramax, where he released such films as “Shakespeare in Love.” Before that, he spent seven years as executive VP at MGM, where he supervised the release of “Get Shorty,” “Tomorrow Never Dies” and “Leaving Las Vegas.”
A former production exec at Columbia Pictures, Lorimar Pictures and 20th Century Fox, Baumgarten is currently producing “The Sin Eater” for Fox. His credits also include “Hook,” “It Could Happen to You” and ” Jade.”
Marcus is a former CAA agent and also served as president of MGM.